Bulgaria to Launch Diplomatic Relations with South SudanDiplomacy | July 19, 2011, Tuesday // 18:44| views
President of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit (L) stands next to Sudan`s President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir (C) during the South Sudan Independence celebrations, in Juba, South Sudan, 09 July 2011. Photo by EPA/BGNES
Bulgaria's government will recognize the Republic of South Sudan as an independent state during its regular sitting this week and will start establishing diplomatic relations with the new state.
Bulgaria's Foreign Ministry already joined the other EU countries in the recognition and welcome of the newest independent state in the world, South Sudan, which its independence ceremony on July 9.
On 9 July South Sudan formally seceded from Sudan under the name Republic of South Sudan. The independence comes as a result of a referendum that took place in January and February 2011, where almost 99% of those voting opted for secession.
Secession will also mark the last phase of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, agreed in 2005, ending 21 years of civil war between North and South Sudan
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